Honoring Paul Robeson

March 26, 2017

by Ben Colbert

The house on the corner of Witherspoon and Green Streets has been the focal point for advancement of the African American community in Princeton for over a century. It was the residence of Reverend Drew Robeson and his family when he was appointed pastor of the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in 1879. Paul, his youngest son, was born there on April 9, 1898.

The Paul Robeson House of Princeton

The Paul Robeson House of Princeton, as it’s now called, is dedicated as a memorial to Paul Robeson with special emphasis on his commitment to equal rights, social activism and the plight of the underserved worldwide. The mission of the Paul Robeson House of Princeton is to continue Paul Robeson’s legacy of excellence through outreach and service to the community, the development of program initiatives that reflect the changing demographics of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, and promote social and cultural awareness among minority youth.

We are thrilled to partner with the Arts Council of Princeton to organize such an event. On Tuesday, April 9, we invite the community to join us for a neighborhood party, commemorating what would have been Paul Robeson’s 119th birthday. The free, family-friendly event will feature a historical overview by neighborhood historian Shirley Satterfield and a sampling of Robeson’s repertoire by baritone soloist Keith Spencer. Also performing will be the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, composed of renowned singers, dancers, and musicians, as they demonstrate the power of traditional Liberian song. Participate in collaborative community artwork and enjoy a slice of birthday cake courtesy of The Gingered Peach!

We encourage everyone, from Princeton and beyond, to join us for a wonderful cultural event honoring Paul Robeson on Tuesday, April 9 from 3-5pm at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. Hope to see you there!

Ben Colbert
President, Paul Robeson House of Princeton

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